The final injury report of the week for the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals is out and four Miami starters are officially out.
Center Mike Pouncey, running back Arian Foster, linebacker Koa Misi and tight end Jordan Cameron will not play Thursday against the Bengals.
Backup center Anthony Steen, who has started all three games in place of Pouncey this season, is listed as doubtful with an ankle injury that has limited him this week.
Linebacker Jelani Jenkins is also listed as doubtful with a groin injury.
Kraig Urbik will start at center if Steen cannot play or finish the game.
Donald Butler will start at the strongside linebacker spot (SAM) in place of Misi.
Neville Hewitt will play the weak side linebacker spot (WILL) if Jenkins cannot.
The Dolphins will go with the running back-by-committee approach that they used against Cleveland last Sunday when Foster was not able to play because of his groin injury. So some combination of Jay Ajayi, Kenyan Drake, Isaiah Pead and Damien Williams will carry the rushing attack.
At tight end, Dion Sims is the starter and MarQueis Gray will also be active and be used if the Dolphins employ double tight end formations.
The Dolphins today waived wide receiver Justin Hunter. That opens a roster spot to promote an offensive lineman (perhaps Jamil Douglas) or a linebacker from the practice squad to give the team the necessary number of available players at eithe position.
There is good news for the Dolphins. The team expects left tackle Branden Albert to play. He had missed the first two days of what would have been practice time (the Dolphins only did walk-thru work this short week), but Albert was able to participate on a limited basis Wednesday.
That suggests more of the improvement coach Adam Gase hinted Albert made on Tuesday.
The Dolphins reported in their final injury report that right guard Jermon Bushrod did not practice on Wednesday but it was not injury related. Bushrod was excused for family reasons and did not even fly on the team charter to Cincinnati.
He is scheduled to join his teammates in Cincinnati by Thursday afternoon.
The Bengals are not without their injury issues. Tight end Tyler Eifert, who has not played this season because of an ankle injury, is doubtful. Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick is also listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury.